ATLANTA, GA (KPLC) - One of the greatest centers in NFL history is now a Hall of Famer.
On Saturday, it was announced that former Leesville Wampus Cat Kevin Mawae will join seven other greats to make up the 2019 NFL Hall of Fame class.
Mawae was born in Savannah, GA and spent most of his childhood moving around due to his father being in the military. When it was time for High School, Mawae’s father was stationed in Fort Polk, near Leesville, LA. Mawae attended Leesville High School, where he was an all-state football selection and earned all-academic honors.
Following High School, Mawae decided to attend LSU to further his education and football career, he did so from 1989 to 1993. Mawae red-shirted in 1989. In 1990, he started seven games as left tackle and was a freshman ALL-SEC selection. Mawae was known as the Tigers’ long snapper that year.
His sophomore season, he was first-team ALL-SEC, having played three different positions: Left tackle (8 games), center (3 games) and left guard (1 game).
During his junior year, he stuck with left tackle. Following the season, he was named second-team ALL-SEC and was a third-team All-American.
Mawae made another move his senior season, going from left tackle to center for all 11 games. Mawae played in the Blue-Gray Game and Senior Bowl in 1993.
In 2007 he was inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
1994 is when Mawae started his 16 year professional career after being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks (1994-1997). The New York Jets picked him up in 1998, where he stayed until 2005. Mawae finished out his career with the Tennessee Titans from 2006-2009.
Mawae made the Pro Bowl eight times and the All-Pro First Team three times.
When it came time to hang up the playing cleats, Mawae transitioned into coaching. In 2016, he joined the Chicago Bears as an assistant offensive line coach. Two years later (2018), Mawae joined the Arizona State staff as an offensive analyst, where he remains today.